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TOURISM

Most foreign tourists don't visit "ISAN" (อีสาน) area in the Northeast of Thailand. It is a pity because there are many things to do and visit.

First this area has a double cultural heritage : Khmer and Laotian. In the south of Isan area, many Khmer temples can be visited. The most famous are "PRASAT PHIMAI", "PRASAT HIN KHAO PHANOM RUNG", "PRASAT HIN MEUANG TAM", "KHAO PHRA WIHAN" just beyond the Kampuchea border.

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Prasat Hin Meuang Tam
Prasat Hin Meuang Tam

Many people of Khmer ethnicity live in the south part of "ISAN" area.

Vietnamese cemetery
There are also significant groups of Chinese and Vietnamese migrants in "ISAN" area. It is frequent to see Vietnamese graves around Nongkhai province.
Vietnamese cemetery
In other sites of Isan area can be found many temples with Laotian characteristics. One of the most famous is "WAT THAT PHRA PHANOM" in That Phanom. Visit the "WAT PHRA THAT PHANOM" (วัดพระธาตุพนม) and the market in order to eat Isan food and to enjoy its calm. For big feasts even Laotian people cross the border and go to this temple.

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That Phanom
That Phanom
Forest temple
In Isan can be found the famous forest temples ("WAT PA" - วัดป่า). Some monks decided to live in the forest in order to be far away from human beings. They seek for peace, tranquillity in order to study Dhamma and meditation. The forest way is a way of life coming from the Isan area. The monks living in the forest are called "PHRA THUDONG" (พระธุดงค์).

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Forest temple
History has a deep impact on Isan area. In Udon Thani area can be found the park "PHU PHRA BAT". Old paintings drawn before Buddhist era can be found inside the caves. Inside this park, there are strange rocks used by prehistoric people and then by Buddhist monks during the 10th century.

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Phu Phra Bat
Phu Phra Bat
The Mekong
The natural border with Laos is the famous river Mekong ("MAE NAM KHONG" - แม่น้ำ่โขง). The Mekong river is the border between Lao and Thailand in all Isan area. Enjoy the sunset with a view over Laos, have a visit on boat or cross it to visit Laos in two actual check-points in Isan : NongKhai and near Ubon Rachathani.

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The Mekong


Isan is also well known for its arts and crafts skills. The famous triangular cushions ("MOON KHIT KO KWAI" - หมอน) came from Isan and the most beautiful came from Roi-Et. The famous silk "MATMEE" came also from Isan and the most beautiful came from Khon Kaen and Nong Khai. Typical souvenirs are the reed organ ("KAEN" - แคน) used in "MOLAM" orchestra and the small baskets ("KRATIT KHAO" - กระติกข้าว) to keep hot the sticky rice ("KHAO NIO" - ข้าวเหนียว).

Baskets to keep sticky rice
Baskets to keep sticky rice

Some differences with other areas of Thailand are:

Isan food
Isan food


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